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Andrea Chandler

Politics and government in Russia and Soviet successor states; Comparative politics of social welfare reform; Gender and politics in post-communist states

Degrees:BA (Dalhousie) MA (Carleton) PhD (Columbia)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1418
Office:D694 Loeb


Andrea Chandler is a Professor of Political Science who specializes in the politics of Russia, within the context of comparative and European politics. She was educated at Dalhousie University (BA Honours, 1984), Carleton University (MA, 1987), and Columbia University (MPhil 1990, PhD, 1992). Her particular areas of interest include the following: social welfare and politics in Russia; gender, identity and politics in Europe; comparative democratization and reform; and European politics. She is the author of three books, and has twice been a recipient of Standard Research Grant funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She was the recipient of a Carleton University Research Achievement Award in 2017. In 2017, she was awarded a Research Stay for University Academics and Scientists scholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), which enabled her to visit Berlin, Germany in order to do research for her current project, Canada and Eastern Europe during the Cold War, 1945-1989: Politics of Democracy Promotion.

Selected Publications

“Women on Corporate Boards: a Comparison of Parliamentary Discourse in the United Kingdom and France.” Politics and Gender, vol. 12, no. 3, September 2016, pp. 443-68.

“Citizenship, Social Rights and Judicial Review in Regime Transition: the Case of Russia.” Democratization, volume 21, number 4, June 2014, pp, 743-66.

Democracy, Gender and Social Policy in Russia: a Wayward Society. Houndsmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

“Democracy and Authoritarianism in Russia: a Clash of Ideas,” Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, vol. 7, no. 3, October 2013, pp. 485-501.

“Nationalism and Social Welfare in the Post-Soviet Context,” Nationalities Papers, vol. 39, no. 1, January 2011, pp. 55-75.

Shocking Mother Russia: Democratization, Social Rights, and Pension Reform in Russia, 1990-2001. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004.

Institutions of Isolation: Border Controls in the Soviet Union and its Successor States, 1917-1993, Montreal, Quebec: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1998.